Newsletter 27 April 2011

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Alternative Royal Wedding Events Special…

Want to get in on the wedding action without having to battle the crowds? Check out these fun ideas!

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The Real Street Food Festival @ Southbank, SE1 29 April – 2 May

The Real Food Festival team has brought together the very best of a new generation of authentic Street Food vendors to Southbank to create a street party with food fit for a future ‘king of the people’.  Vendors include Choc Star, Churros Garcia’s and also a much awaited return of London’s finest burgers from the Meatwagon. There will also be a giant TV screen to watch the Wedding and a host of wedding themed activities.

Royal Wedding Street Party outside Sam’s Brasserie, W4

Denizens of West London should make their way to Barley Mow Passage in Chiswick where Sam’s Brasserie will be hosting a street party. Waiters will be in full wedding garb as they serve breakfast from 9am and guests watch the official event live on their big screen.  The Street Party properly kicks-off from midday with live music, food, hymn singing, wedding decorations and a general party atmosphere. Just turn up and get involved!

The Royal ‘White Wedding Club’ Party @ Venue 229, W1

No need to plan how to crash the society do of the year – just get yourself a ticket to the best unofficial wedding reception ever!  London’s infamous fake wedding club, ‘White Wedding’ is hosting its most spectacular event yet in a nod to Wills & Kate’s big day. And the best news is that we are all invited!  They will even allow you to wear any Big Fat Gypsy inspired numbers – the crazier the better!  DJ’s will be spinning wedding choons from 9pm-3pm, so it will probably livelier than the royal gig too!  Tickets are £10 from

Royal Wedding Swap Shop @ Renaissance Pubs

Renaissance Pubs are bringing back 80s iconic TV Show Swap Shop with a Royal Twist.  Bring in your old royal memorabilia and swap it for delicious food and drink absolutely free at any of their five South London venues.  A royal mug will get you a free drink, a monarchy logo’d side plate will get you a free bar snack and a large plate with a royal pic on it will get you a main dish.  All venues will also be showing the event live. To find your local pub visit

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Quince William & Skate Middleton Mug from Harvey Nichols

Forget paying over the odds for the mass produced and worthless official memorabilia and get yourself down to Harvey Nichs where they have created these hilarious ‘Quince William’ and ‘Skate Middleton’ mugs. The limited edition mugs are made of fine bone china and come housed in a specially designed presentation box, so they might even be worth a few quid in the future! £20 from

New Openings…

Worship Street Whistling Shop, EC2

1155 Newsletter 27 April 2011This Victorian-inspired underground bar in Shoreditch is the second venture from Fluid Movement, the collective of cocktail gurus behind the renowned Purl in Marylebone.  The new venue follows Purl’s lead in offering traditionally inspired cocktails with a scientific modern twist to create multi-sensory experiences. They have also delved into the tradition of much-loved classics and forgotten British recipes to reinvent and showcase the best of molecular mixology and Victorian cocktail heritage.  The Whistling Shop also offers a lunch menu and grazing dishes for the evening, such as suckling pig and rabbit hot pot, providing guests a complete taste of the extravagance and outrageous indulgence of the Victorian era.

1156 Newsletter 27 April 2011Bubbleology, W1

Originating in Taiwan in the eighties from a mere stall in Taipei’s night market, Bubble Tea has become so popular that there are now over 8000 Bubble Tea cafes alone in the country.  The craze has even spread across America and Australia and it has now come to our shores with the launch of Bubbleology.  Served warm or cool, Bubble Tea drinks have a red, white or green tea base which are infused with fruit flavourings and gummy-bear like Tapioca pearls at the bottom.  Hungry visitors can also have fun with their ‘experimental’ snacks, choosing from a base (including breads & crumpets), a spread (including jam, chocolate & cream cheese) and various toppings.

The Surprise, SW3

Long-standing Chelsea watering hole, The Surprise, has recently been taken over by top pub group, Geronimo Inns.  The relaunch has seen the venue renovated to incorporate a first floor dining room as well as a refurb of the intimate pub area.  Like their other pubs, The Surprise stocks a range of real ales and local beers, as well as a quality wine list.  The food menu is also different to the average local in that it is largely based around smaller sharing dishes to create a more convivial experience, including Kipper pate, a British cured meat board and Sussex pond pudding.

Byron Haymarket, W1

Credited with bringing quality burgers to the masses, Byron has opened their flagship 14th restaurant in Haymarket.  Keeping with their unique approach to each restaurant, the latest venue is filled with reclaimed furniture and quirky décor.  Freshly made burgers are cooked one way only – deliciously pink – and the drinks menu features a number of interesting craft beers.